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1  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: August 19, 2015 02:31:41 AM
I think I have the final pictures for round 115, in case someone is still reading this. And because I gave up looking for my camera cable, there are only laptop camera pics of what Grab a coffee sent:

For me a mini Twister game (also from my list) there are even stickers with hands and feet/claws and paws you can stick on you fingernails! And 4 cute little Freitag family birdies:

A great tic tac toe game for the quiet book of my now really nearly 4yo:

I love it! And the page is not finished, so I can work it into our book, perfect! Thank you so much Eszter!
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2  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: July 15, 2015 04:22:00 AM
The final claim for 114 arrived today, so I have more goodies for the girls to show off! Averia claimed us for quiet/busy book pages (we say Spielbuch = play book here) and I'm floored. They are so cute and well made and thoughtful! They all are the closure learning kind (secretly), exactly what I wanted for starters, and my favourite would be the Matryoshka doll! And there are loads of Eric Carle stickers, those will be probably stuck into Leas sticker books (and wherever Hanna is standing at that moment) as soon as I hand them over. Smiley I used to have a sticker book as a kid, but that was the paper where you could peel them off again. Lea has decided that most of her favourite stickers will go into either her colouring book or a black notebook.

Here is a group shot of the lovely pages: (no stickers, but imagine lots of very hungry little caterpillars and some of the other critters!)

Love these little overalls, that was the first type of closure Lea managed:

Here is a pair of Chucks (that is what they are called over here) for tying laces. I know two ways, and I'm curious to see which one will make more sense to Lea.

A cute teddy with his wardrobe, just the thing right now because both are pretty much dressing themselves, more or less, sometimes... Especially when we're in a hurry!  Wink And Hanna loves zippers.

My favourite! The Matryoshka really works, I have three (no wait, my girls have!) three Matryoshkas that have to be stacked inside each other. And the two bigger ones are closed with snaps. The embroidery is amazingly even, and so pretty! And did I mention that we do have a little wooden Matryoshka here from my mom, that Lea loved to take apart and put back together until there were one or two pieces missing? The smallest doll was just about 1/2", but that one was lost more than 30 years ago, by another little girl... So I'll take textra care that this one stays complete!

I cannot wait to put the pages together to start our book in August (two more weeks to go... yay and eeep!). Thank you so much Ave, love it all (as I knew I would!) and we will put everything to good use. Just have to work out how to make the pages really sturdy so they will survive my little destroyers. Wink
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3  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: July 12, 2015 09:15:31 AM
Okay, so after my little sweetheart was up for two hours longer than usually last night and then me falling asleep with her, here are the pictures of what greybird made for me:

First, here are beautiful notecards and envelopes in silver and gold:

Then there is some tiny goodness, an origami book and four paintings:

The book with my thumb, for size reference:

Do you all wanna see the paintings in detail? I thought so!

So here is a bunny and a mouse after a tea party:

Bunny with a balloon:

And I love these, too:

And especially the jar of fireflies (with glow in the dark paint!):

So cute, and so great! The bunny paintings are some of my favourites by Andralynn here on Craftster, the other two are also straight off my Artwork Pinterest board, and I love that they are tiny!

Thank you so much, greybird, I love it!

Oh yes, and here is what I did with the little book, because I think it looks like a photo album:
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4  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: June 08, 2015 12:03:47 PM
Aaaand I received another one, this time a lovely colourful wall organizer made by edelC! It is very large, a great size to store some things I don't want the girls to get into.

Look, here it is empty:

A closer look at the little paintings edelC made for me to put into our doll house (such a sweet thought, thank you so much!):

And here it is, filled with a bottle of baby oil (standing upright in the big pocket! I told you it was large!) and various of other things, and there is still loads of room! I think I'll keep it right there.

Thank you so much, Edel, I love it!
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5  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: June 07, 2015 05:47:47 AM
Me too, I received two great claims yesterday!

The first is the mugrug from frosty772, it is beautiful, and the colours are just perfectly me: Mostly black with white.

(As is the colour choice for the back, which is all black!)

As you can see, it is a very decent size and will not only fit a tea mug, but also a meal or snack of your choice (shown with substitute).

And I got an extra, too: My first issue of Threads, I love it! (Lea also was full of admiration when I had a quick peek, have to find a little while to look it through by myself...)

The other package was a supply package from Alliekat914, and it was perfect, just what I needed! Group shot:

Four embroidery hoops, four stamps, and as an extra a very cute tin of tea! There is some deliciously smelling English Breakfast tea in that phone box, already tried and approved by DH!

And because we all know what an embroidery hoop looks like, here is a closer shot of the four stamps! I might have mentioned that I love the original Care Bears, and that my girls do, too... We love them! I just have to take care to put them away after we've played with them, or they will disappear immediately.

Frosty and Allie, thank you so much! Both packages are much loved and muchly appreciated!
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6  Re: OWS Round 113, 114 & 115 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: May 31, 2015 01:37:46 PM
I love to see people's craft rooms (or corners, or niches), and especially those of fellow Craftsters! And I'll play, too, just have to wait for daylight... and maybe a few minutes tomorrow evening...

So for starters here are some pictures of my craft room (from when I got that bookshelf last year), it is about 1,80m x 3m. The room, that is. And there is a chair in there usually, and at this moment you wouldn't see the floor because of all the stuff in there.

Also you cannot see my sewing machine, it sits behind all those boxes on the desk, on the right, at the window.

This is a better view of the aforementioned bookshelf, February 2014. My sewing machine was supposed to sit on there when not in use, that worked for a week, maybe. Two, tops. But I'll get there someday, I just have to use up and tidy away some more stuff, as always... Also included is the little white drawer thing which holds most of my beads.

Shot from the floor to show you the shelves on the right side... held the camera at knee height, I think.

The same shelves. And me. For some kind of size reference, the dolly you can see is about the size of an American Girl doll, 14-16" – and there are some file folders, of course.

Okay, I thought I had more recent pictures, have to take some more tomorrow. But basically, I just moved a few things around and added more. More boxes, for one thing, another chest of drawers...
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7  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: May 07, 2015 12:17:10 PM
Hey, I get to post the last claim! We received a delicious and fun package (a huge box!) today from Allikat914. She had claimed me for tutus for the girls, and made two lovely and perfect rainbow tutus. Now there won't be any fighting! Just one twirling and spinning rainbow, and one turning or shaking a little more slowly in place...

But there was more: Something for me & hubby (candy!) (okay, for all of us), and two giant sticker activity books, Strawberry Shortcake & Care Bears. The fruit seems to be either for DH or the girls, whereas the Care Bears are most definitely meant for me. My inner child. But the stickers are removable, so after I've played with it for a while I can pass it on... maybe.

So here is everything (albeit minus one or two pieces of chocolate and a few smarties...):

And here are the tutus, about ten minutes after the girls got home this afternoon:

Thank you so much Allie, you rock!
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8  Re: OWS Round 113 & 114 Gallery & Discussion (April 2015) in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: May 06, 2015 04:31:54 AM
Today I received my latest claim from our beloved organizer! She had claimed me for embroidery floss, I had some (60. ahem.) DMC numbers listed I still need for two projects that I want to get into this year... And now here they are:

An abundance of floss! All the colours I still needed. Of course I took a break immediately, the skeins are sorted into their respective project bags, and a part is already wound on bobbins. The rest will have to wait until I get more bobbin cards... The projects are Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes and Starry Night over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh. I've had the patterns for years, and I'm looking forward to working on something huge that won't get read, graded or checked by anyone but me! (Speaking of which, I need to finish my break...)

But there was a lovely little something for immediate use as well! Just not really that little, it is a scarf in shades of pink/fuchsia and purple:

Very lovely! No action pic, I'm trying very hard not to get too attached to it, as I know my Lea will take that off me. (But it is so soft and fluffy!) Maybe I can get her to share?

Thanks so much rscowtown!
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9  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: April 16, 2015 11:56:18 PM
Gee, thanks guys! Brianna, I'm sorry, I thought I mentioned the little extras in the note Good thing you found them before the bag went into the laundry!

That little tote isn't interfaced at all, I just used very thin, but strangely stiff fabrics. The purple is from a cushion cover, and the striped one is some woven lining fabric. I think. On the website that offers these for sale they said that due to the material lining was unnecessary, I think they used silk taffeta. I tried to use similar fabrics, and it worked! I love the shot of it sitting up, I only took a dangling picture.

The sewing machine cover isn't interfaced, either (neither is it ironed, as I only remembered after I mailed it off... Sorry Brianna!) because of the relatively stiff outer fabric and the applique, it can nearly stand up on its own. Well, slouch. And while I had lots of fun with Sally, I love the curly hill more.

I couldn't for the life of me find the perfect material for the eyelashes, as I didn't want to use wire for safety reasons...

A rather grainy shot that doesn't really show the slight shimmer of the moon, but at least the purple background, and the black hill. Jack is somewhere on his way to see Sally on the other side... Smiley And do you see how well it fits my machine? It was so hard to pack up! I swear I used Brianna's measurements! Good thing I have a thin little cover made from two dishtowels I bought on my honeymoon...
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10  Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 - gallery in The Swap Gallery by anna.wahnsinn on: April 15, 2015 01:58:11 AM
Now let me show you what Averia sent to me: I'm sorry, I had to take the pictures all by myself, and found out that showing off dresses (dresses!!! dressessesses! I had asked for one!) while you are wearing them is not as easy as I thought, either the dress sits weird or I forget to wipe little pawprints off the lense or hate how I look... But I have to show you these, I got them on Monday already, so I'm only modeling one now.

Let's start with the extras, okay?

Waste canvas and 40ct gauze so I can try new stuff, also strawberry Kool-Aid because I asked for it, and MLP stickers for the kiddos. I already have two projects planned out for the gauze, and one will be going right back to Averia. In a couple of months probably, but still...

So, first here are two comfy dresses, also as a kind of extra. Ave said she wasn't sure if I'd like them, and she was kind of right. I love them! And they both have pockets! It doesn't really show on the purple one, but the black one has the pockets lined in the red fabric from the top, I love it!

And here are the two dresses made exactly like my favourite little black dress (that I usually wear with capri leggings), now I have three! The purple one is made from a cozy heavy jersey, the brown one (on the mirror, to reduce the glare, you'll see why) is from thinner material and a tad shorter, perfect for summer, which is supposed to happen this afternoon! And I'm all decked out for it now!

This is my favourite shot so far, one of the first ones, with a little fingerprint on the lense and the glare from the mirror so it is even hazier than the others. Wait, soft focus? Maybe that's why I like it? And look at the pretty butterflies in the top left corner!

Avie, thank you so so so much!  I love my new dresses (and everything else) very much and really appreciate that you went out of your comfort zone for me!

And I'll pester my family (the 40yo, the 3yo and the 1yo) to take pics...
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